Harvard Law School Target Shooting Club
The HLS Target Shooting Club complies with the Massachusetts
anti-hazing statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 269, sections 17-18
(included below). Note that under section 17, "hazing" requires, as a
threshold matter, initation, and the Target Shooting Club has no
initiation. (All one needs to do is provide one's e-mail address.)
Therefore, the anti-hazing statute has no potential applicability to
the Target Shooting Club.
But here are the sections of the law below anyway, since section 19 (not
included below) requires that all members of the club get a copy of this
and understand it:
17. Definition; Penalty.
Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of
hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than
three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not
more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.
The term "hazing" as used in this section and in sections eighteen and
nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student
organization, whether on public or private property, which wilfully or
recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other
person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced
calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food,
liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment
or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the
physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which
subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including
extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary,
consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this
18. Reporting Hazing Offense; Penalty for Failure to Report
Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined
in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the
extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or
others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as
soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall
be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
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